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16 December 1999
The District Court at Christchurch
DIA Exhibit #28
Components of film originally examined: Not Applicable.
Excision/Alteration: Not Applicable.
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Direction to issue a label has been given on: Not Applicable.
SUMMARY OF THE REASONS FOR DECISION:
The untitled computer printout also known as DIA Exhibit #28 is classified as:
The publication comprises an A4 sheet of white paper containing five photographic
images in sepia tonings. The subjects are all naked boys and vary in age from about
10 years to late teens. Various devices used in producing these images serve to
eroticise the nudity of the subjects, including the location in which the images were
taken, body positioning and lighting.
The computer printout is classified as objectionable due to the extent to which, and the
manner in which, the images exploit the nudity of children and young persons. Given
the characteristics of the publication, the Classification Office considers that the main
purpose of the computer printout is the titillation or sexual arousal of adults with a
sexual interest in children and young persons.
Referring to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, the limit on the freedom of
expression resulting from this classification is considered to be reasonable and
demonstrably justified, given the objective of preventing harm to the public. A less
restrictive classification, such as making the publication available only to adults, would
not mitigate the exploitation of children and young persons' nudity for the apparent
purpose of gratifying adults who are titillated or stimulated by such images.